After watching this movie, I bought a chess app on my Kindle and stayed up till 2:30 am losing to a computer. It’s funny, because very little chess is actually shown in Computer Chess. Instead, it’s about 1980s programmers competing to see who can create the smartest chess program, and we see far more of their interactions than the games in which they pit their programs against each other. Director Andrew Bujalski, known best for movies that helped kickstart the mumblecore movement (for better or worse), ends up exploring artificial intelligence in clever and unexpected ways.
Quicker take: Programming nerds pit their intelligence against the artificial kind in black and white.